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Recommended Reading (Marilyn Nelson)

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In American Poets, Volume 47, we asked some of our Chancellors to recommend two books—one essential volume revisited for inspiration and one beloved text that more people should know about. Experience these books for yourself with our new Recommended Reading series, conveniently grouped by Chancellor.

 

Marilyn Nelson's Essential Book:

Song of the Simple Truth, by Julia de Burgos (translated by Jack Agüeros)

"Every one of the poems I've read by de Burgos via Agüeros... comes as a surprise and blows my socks off."

 

Marilyn Nelson's Beloved Book:

Saudades, by Joe Gouveia

"What a reinforcement of my wavering sense that poetry matters.... He wrote fearless, wise poems."

***This title is not available through traditional distributors, but can be purchased though the poet's website.

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